How to Improve Comprehension with Narrative Texts

Comprehension and Children With Learning Difficulties Comprehension is the process of extracting and constructing meaning from what we read. It involves the ability to decode and identify words as well as the ability to connect prior knowledge with text in order to build new meanings. Decoding is an important part of the comprehension process, but…

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How to Improve Reading Fluency

Learning Difficulties and Reading Fluency Students with reading difficulties have an inability to read fluently as compared to their more skilled peers. They are unable to read passages smoothly with appropriate expression. They can also experience problems when it comes to comprehending what they are reading. In fact, reading fluency has a critical link between…

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Story books and the Fluency of Students with Learning Difficulties

The Importance of Books For Children With Learning Difficulties Books have an important role to play in the acquisition of fluent reading.  Fluency is the ability to read connected text rapidly, smoothly and automatically with little conscious effort devoted to the mechanics of reading such as decoding.  However, fluency can be difficult to remediate in…

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Multisensory Learning

What is Multisensory Learning? We often hear about Multisensory Learning, but what exactly is it? When learning, we use our senses to process information.  Our brain is capable of processing information using multiple senses such as visual, auditory and tactile senses along with motion, known as kinesthetic learning.  The combination of learning through multiple senses…

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Anxiety and Learning Difficulties

Many Children with Learning Difficulties Suffer from Anxiety Teachers may not recognise that the child is suffering from anxiety and learning difficulties and may assume that the child who doesn’t give a correct answer or respond to a question or direction is incapable of understanding the task. In many cases however, the child does not…

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Students With Reading Disabilities

How to Help Students With Reading Disabilities How to Help Students in Kindergarten with Reading Disabilities Many Kindergarten children enter school with poor phonological awareness and this is particularly true for students with learning and reading disabilities.  Along with letter-sound knowledge, they may lack general information and word meanings.  They may also be unfamiliar with story structure…

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The Rise of Homeschooling

Homeschooling in Australia There are ten thousand students that are registered for home schooling nationally. However, it’s estimated that there are around another ten thousand students that aren’t registered that are doing homeschooling. If registration was made easier for parents then this number would not be as high, along with having more data available to…

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Phonological & Orthographic Awareness

Phonological & Orthographic Awareness for Students with Reading Difficulties Phonological and orthographic awareness are equally important for students with reading difficulties and there are strategies that can help them. Phonological Awareness Phonological and phonemic awareness are key influences when learning to read.  Phonological awareness is the knowledge of sound patterns in how students pronounce words,…

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Phonics and Dyslexia

All Children Lean by Making Meaning from Text What does this mean for dyslexic children? Learning to read is about making meaning from the text.  If we are not deriving meaning from what we are reading, then the process of learning to read becomes that much harder as we become disengaged.  This is a problem…

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Teaching Children With Learning Difficulties to Read

Reading Methods For Children With Learning Difficulties This article describes the different approaches that are used to teach children with learning difficulties to read.  In my experience, each method has its merits and often a combination of the different approaches is the best solution. Why Reading to Children is Important The simple act of reading to…

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What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia What is dysgraphia? Dysgraphia Is a specific learning disability with writing that is more severe and more resistant to intervention as compared to other more general difficulties encountered by students that struggle with written expression. What are the Symptoms of Dysgraphia? Students with dysgraphia may have problems with visual-spatial processing, fine motor, language processing,…

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What is Dyscalculia? What is Maths Dyslexia?

Dyscalculia and Maths Dyslexia Dyscalculia is Commonly Called Maths Dyslexia Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability in mathematics.  In many ways it is the maths equivalent of dyslexia and is often referred to as maths dyslexia.  However, dyscalculia it is not as well known or understood as dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a specific difficulty with literacy,…

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